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16 04, 2019

The ‘Magic’ of SLS (selective laser sintering), Removing the Build

April 16th, 2019|3D Printing, 3D Prototyping, Uncategorized|

Surprisingly, removing the build is actually the exciting part of the SLS 3d printing process! Not watching it as it builds. Most think watching an SLS while building would be the interesting part of of the process, however because of the way the process builds,  there's actually very little to see. Here's a super basic summary [...]

4 04, 2019

Our 3d printed SLS plastic Star Trek TOS communicator -cool right?!

April 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|

From the 'only because we can' category... Our version of Star Trek TOS Communicator 3d printed in SLS nylon Working at a 3d printing company certainly has its privileges! In 2016 I pre-ordered a Star Trek TOS bluetooth communicator as a gift for my husband. Instead of yet again wrapping a piece of [...]

27 03, 2019

3D Printing request UNLIKE ANYTHING in 23 years

March 27th, 2019|3D Printing|

My week started with a phone call and a question as to whether our company could help with a very personalized item. Within one minute, it was shared that this customer wanted a 6” custom Lego brick followed by these words “this will be an urn for my son’s ashes, who recently passed away from [...]

19 03, 2019

5 Common NDA Mistakes (our experiences)

March 19th, 2019|3D Printing, Invention Help, Inventions|

As we are in the 3D Printing business, it's common for us to be asked by new customers to sign an NDA prior to sending their CAD files. Having worked with 3D Prototype Design now in my 17th year I've personally viewed multiple NDA's, have experienced and found a few common mistakes I [...]

11 03, 2019

2.3 Million Gallons of Water pumped through SLS 3D Printed Part

March 11th, 2019|3D Printing, 3D Prototyping, Inventions|

You may have noticed the Zelda pump (3d printed by us with SLS and nylon) on our home page, but I thought I'd bring light to it again as recently our customer let us know that with their last round of testing the pump ran for 2-1/2 days, pumping 2.3 million gallons of water! That's [...]

26 02, 2019

3D Printing Scaled Down Models

February 26th, 2019|3D Printing, Uncategorized|

We often receive questions about 3d printing scaled down models that never happen as contacting us first isn't the right starting point, unless a few things are already taken care of! Watch this quick video and/or visit our Sales Models page to learn more. https://youtu.be/jM0ucRIbPV0  

4 12, 2018

Chanel Mascara 3D Printing Wand – Gimmick or Gold?

December 4th, 2018|Uncategorized|

When we first saw the headline ‘Chanel, the first mascara brush printed on a 3-D Printer’, our minds flooded with questions. - what process did they use? - what part ‘exactly’ did they 3d print? - why did they decide to 3d print instead of traditional manufacturing methods? Chanel's 3D Printed Le Volume Re'volution Mascara [...]

19 10, 2018

We Had This IDEA in 2002!

October 19th, 2018|3D Printing, Inventions|

"3Doodler Create" I remember years ago when I first started with 3D Prototype Design, our lead technician Tim came up with an invention based on FDM printing. His idea was to make a small hand held device that could be used as a hobby tool to create in mid air random designs. He described it [...]

8 03, 2018

Black Panther’s Queen Ramona Impressive 3D Printed Costume Pieces

March 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|

While watching Marvel's Black Panther film over the weekend, I immediately spotted the unmistakable 3d printed pieces worn by actress Angela Bassett. Before I even left the theater, I was consulting Google to confirm I was right. Not only that, there were many other costume pieces throughout the moving that were able to take advantage [...]

23 01, 2018

3D Printed Drone Parts Flying Around

January 23rd, 2018|Uncategorized|

As if 3d printing wasn’t already cool enough, many of our SLS nylon parts are flying around in drones! SLS 3d printed in nylon spinner really flies! Several drone assemblies that are being made and sold direct to customers contain 3D Prototype Design's SLS 3D printed parts. Because our SLS models offer final [...]